Provençal town signs saved after locals fight back

Several communes in the Vaucluse, such as Pernes les Fontaines refused to take down signs with village names in French and Provençal

What's in a name? Enough to spark a war of words between mayors and a departmental council over whether they can continue using old Provençal names on road signs.

Several mayors in Vaucluse complained after they received letters saying a 1967 law ruled that signs should contain only the town name in French.

The letter said there should be no other information shown, such as village fleuri or that there are cameras – ...

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